ABSTRACT

At the operational level, however, the position on the Assam and east Bengal LofC improved dramatically as 1944 progressed, and, by the end of the year, many of the problems identi ed earlier appeared to have been solved by the resources then being committed and the experience gained (see Map 3). e capacity of the northern line was expected to reach nearly 11,000 tons per day by the end of 1944, exceeding the estimated requirement at that time by some 500 tons. at of the southern line would be nearly 7,500 tons per day, some 800 tons above the anticipated demand.4 e rail-head and base depots at Dimapur were expected to be able to handle 3,200 tons per day, exclusive of POL, easily matching the estimated needs of the 14th Army and its supporting 221 Group of the Eastern Air Command on the Assam front.5 Transport on the much-improved Dimapur to Imphal road could handle up to 2,800 tons per day by October 1944. is rate of supply was su cient to sustain ve divisions as well as labour, corps and

LofC troops at Imphal, with 170 tons per day le over for stocking the advanced base, which had been moved forward from Dimapur to Imphal.6 e POL pipeline from Chandranathpur to Dimapur was due to be extended all the way from Chittagong to Imphal by the beginning of March 1945, delivering 10,000 tons per month. Meanwhile, ample POL was delivered to Dimapur by the existing pipeline from Chandranathpur for onward distribution to Imphal by road, for which adequate bulk fuel transporters were, by then, available.